The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia Tease Upcoming Collab

The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia are teasing something new as fans of both await the release of new albums, both expected before year's end.


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The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia are in tease mode ahead of the unveiling of something new together. 

Tucked into Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards ceremony was a two-song appearance from the Swedish house music trio featuring renditions of their 2021 singles “It Gets Better” and “Lifetime.” The latter, which previously received the Tonight Show treatment, features contributions from the consistently entrancing Ty Dolla Sign and 070 Shake.

During the final seconds of the performance, a clip of The Weeknd’s voice singing the phrase “like a moth to a flame” can be heard:

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Following the unveiling of the performance, both Abel and the Mafia team further teased the presumably-soon-to-be-released collab on Instagram.

No other info has been officially released by either artist. Worth noting, however, is the fact that Swedish House Mafia were reported back in April to have hired The Weeknd’s manager Wassim “Sal” Slaiby. Slaiby’s roster also boasts 2021 VMAs host Doja Cat and the aforementioned Ty Dolla Sign.

In August, Abel told the Hollywood Reporter’s Sydney Odman that his After Hours follow-up should be finished “by the end of this month.” Asked to elaborate on what fans can potentially expect with regards to collaborations, the star of the upcoming The Idol elected to plead the fifth. That same month, Abel was among the artists assembled for Kanye West’s Donda.

Following the tease, it was announced that Swedish House Mafia has collaborated with IKEA, with a collection to be released in September 2022. “We both wanted to reach out of our comfort zones and create something new and fresh together: a pure collaboration between music creators and a home expert,” Swedish House Mafia said of the collaboration. “We strongly felt a need to collaborate with someone who shared our vision of making it possible for everyone to create music at home. As artists and producers, we also understand the importance of a home studio set-up and the needs and challenges of many up-and-coming artists and creatives have at home.”

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